Archives for 2013

On Monday, 2nd December we joined in the celebrations to mark the switching on of the Shaftesbury Christmas Lights. This year marked 40 years since Carl Barlow featured in Ridley Scott’s ‘Boy on a Bicycle’ advert for Hovis and Ruth Hughes of The Beadster managed to track him down to invite  him to switch on the… Continue Reading →

The perfect Christmas present for someone who may be in need of some serious R&R……. a gift voucher redeemable against a stay at Updown. Spectacular views, luxurious bedding and furnishings, delicious natural toiletries, incomparable local food, music to make and listen to……that’s all 5 senses covered…..what more could anyone need? Vouchers are available for any… Continue Reading →

Eighteeen months ago I was tweeted by Melanie Backe-Hansen, aka the House Historian,  asking whether I might have a photo of Gold Hill that could be used in a new book that she was researching. I duly emailed a few possibilities, one of which I was particularly fond – an elderly chap slowly making his… Continue Reading →

We have some space coming up and would like to offer a discount for anyone who can take a break between 25th Nov and 6th Dec………. which all means more to spend on Christmas shopping or treats for yourselves! Shaftesbury’s Christmas Lights are being switched on by none other than the Hovis boy himself (complete… Continue Reading →

Maybe I’m nosy but I really quite like knowing a little about the people running a business so it seems only fair to tell you a little about us. I was a shy little girl who wasn’t very good at the sort of art we did at school in the 70s (painting) but was quite… Continue Reading →

Yesterday the Telegraph featured its 10 best historic streets in Britain and we were delighted to see that Gold Hill was included. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10436193/Britains-10-best-historic-streets.html?frame=2728365 Which brings me nicely to Melanie Backe-Hansen’s latest book: ‘Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep’ (The History Press), Melanie Backe-Hansen (House Historian). Price £20. I’m terribly proud that my… Continue Reading →

Last time we were in London we had a bite to eat in our favourite stop-off for cheap, healthy, delicious food, Leon at Bankside. Unfortunately we were a little late ordering coffee so sauntered around the corner to make acquaintance with Albion – one of the Conran stable and rather stunningly located in the bottom of… Continue Reading →

I’m trying hard to avoid using all the clichéd autumnal phrases that newspapers and magazines come up with at this time of year but looking out of my window at home in Hertfordshire, I have complete sympathy and well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…….but perhaps with a few different pictures conjured up rather… Continue Reading →

We were delighted to hear that the gorgeous shampoo, conditioner, bodywash and handwash that we supply to you at Updown (throughout your stay, not just at the beginning!) have been selected to be sold in Heals – quite an accolade as they are rightly very particular and no doubt have thousands of applications from hopeful suppliers… Continue Reading →

We have discounted next week as a last minute deal. Mon, 14th – Fri, 18th Oct is available for £495 (was £595) Please email Jane [email protected] or call Simon’s mobile +44 (0)7710 307202 at any time to book. We look forward to hearing from you!

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